The Vas Review – Ale Asylum

A weekly review of Vas Foremost’s craft beer offerings.

Surprisingly, we have not received any customer reviews yet (apart from that first one). Fear not! Your hero, tried and true will keeping chugging away week to week. This week we peak into my fridge (see first picture below) and find two beers from a brewery in our neighboring state to the north, Wisconsin. Or should I say “Chicago’s weekend spot.” The great town of Madison brings us Ale Asylum. Let’s get crazy and see where it goes!


I see you hiding in there.

I see you hiding in there.


Style: American Amber Ale

ABV: 6.8%

Serving: 12 oz bottle (6-pack)

Don’t want to close my eyes I don’t want to fall asleep because I want to drink this beer and watch end-of-the-world movies with Ben Affleck.

So the final line doesn’t really flow well with the rest…that’s okay! The first beer up today from Ale Asylum promises that the “end is near for weak amber beers.” Let’s see if this beer turns out to be an Armageddon or a Gigli.

I could stay awake and see Ambergeddon pour out a dark amber copper. Watch the light tan head slowly dissipate, while an initial aroma leads with chestnuts. Caramel candies and a west coast citrus hop nose. I could spend my life with this strong candy hop taste backed

It's no Steve Buscemi

It’s no Steve Buscemi

by a moderate resin bitterness. I could stay lost in the malt flavors, dry toast, cherry jam and melted caramel toffee.  Where every moment is slightly drying…leading to a great biscuity finish.

YEAAAAAAAAAA! (Steven Tyler style)

Stop! Collaborate and listen. If you like aggressive amber style beers, then Ambergeddon is your cup of tea. The bitterness is there and will certainly catch you, but it will never overwhelm thanks to the unwavering malt presence. Cause even when I dream of you, the sweetest dream will never do! (I know you know the words…)


Calm before the storm

Genius just prior to work

Mad Town Nut Brown 

Style: American Brown Ale

ABV: 5.5%

Serving: 12 oz bottle (6-pack)

I’ve said it before and I’ll probably say it again, mostly due to the fact that I’ve probably forgotten that I’ve already said it. Brown ales are one of the most underrated beer styles. They are incredibly versatile and are a God-send when pairing with food. Not only that, the spectrum is wide when it comes to flavors, as they can exhibit many different flavors and aromas. It is with excitement that I crack open my second beer from Ale Asylum: Mad Town Nut Brown. Mad Town pours out a deep brown, the color of soil as it starts to dry up. The toasted flavors on the nose welcome you to your next hour-long experience (depending on how fast you drink). Peanut butter smeared across a saltine cracker. A rich and sweet chocolate piece still warm from its creation.

Its become apparent that I enjoy taking pictures from this angle.

Its become apparent that I enjoy taking pictures from this angle.

Digging deeper down into the rabbit hole, Mad Town pours out flavors of crushed red grapes. Toast that never reaches burnt but rather employs an even browning on both sides. A sweet plum pokes its head out of a fruit basket filled with other dark fruits. The best part about this brown ale is that it isn’t overly sweet. It features just enough dryness to satisfy, yet thirst for another. Bury me six feet under with a six pack of this and call me the grateful dead. Just remember to send another six pack down when it’s all gone. You can’t expect a man to spend the afterlife without a good beer, can you?



Other offerings from Ale Asylum available at Vas Foremost include: Bedlam .


Next week in the Vas Review: St. Patrick’s Day is once again upon us. Next week, we will look at some alternatives to Guinness! 


Steve Pasko is a Certified Cicerone® and the Beer Content Writer for Vas Foremost. Follow him on TwitterUntappd or Instagram at Gardemybiere. Email him at or Visit his other beer blog at

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